New Irish Film ‘The New Music’ to Receive Special IFI Screening
The New Music, a new Irish feature film about a classical pianist with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, will screen at the IFI on Wednesday, January 29 and will be followed by a Q&A with director Chiara Viale and member of Young Parkinson’s Ireland, Gary Boyle.
The independent Irish film premiered at the IndieCork Film Festival in 2019, winning the ‘Spirit Of IndieCork’ Award. It has also been selected by the Chicago Irish Film Festival in 2020 and is currently submitting to other festivals internationally.
The New Music follows the struggles of Adrian (Cilléin Mc Evoy), a gifted classical pianist, who discovers he has Young Onset Parkinson’s, a rare form of Parkinson’s Disease affecting those under 50 years of age. Despite this debilitating condition, Adrian joins a punk band as a keyboard player and rediscovers his life through music and friendship.
The Young Parkinson’s Ireland, a branch of Parkinson’s Ireland, have supported the film from the outset. It is believed that in Ireland there may be as many as 500 hundred undiagnosed sufferers of the disease under 50. The film aims to dispel the stigma and shine a light on this rare condition.
The film features an eclectic soundtrack including two original songs composed by Zac Stephenson of Irish band Munky and contributions from other Irish and European acts. Dispersed throughout the film’s rock and punk vibes are the classical compositions of Mancunian David Sangster, musician and World Parkinson’s Congress Ambassador.
Italian writer/director Chiara Viale was inspired to write the story after her father passed away having suffered from Multiple System Atrophy, a rare degenerative neurological disorder with symptoms similar to Parkinson’s. Young Parkinson’s Ireland has been heavily involved with the film from the outset, having consulted on the script and approved the final cut of the film.
The New Music has received some rave reviews already. Stuart Clark of Hot Press said: “As somebody whose own family has been affected by Parkinson’s, I’m delighted that the subject is being addressed in such a smart, impassioned and entertaining way. I cant wait to see it on the big screen.”
Meanwhile, Cineuropa journalist Davide Abbatescianni wrote: “Chiara Viale’s debut feature is a brave work, a little independent film with a big heart. Now it is time to see what the Imperia-born director can do with a bigger budget.”
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